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Related Newswires Articles on the Supreme Court – ABC News

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Gay Advocates Eye Supreme Court
By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES | ABC News

Today, with his lesbian colleague Virginia Linder, there are two such justices in Oregon, in part because of the political efforts of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an advocacy group that seeks to put openly gay candidates in public office.

Now, they have set their eyes on the Supreme Court, where rumors surfaced this week that two highly qualified lesbians had made President Barack Obama’s initial list to replace Justice David Souter.

With gay marriage now legal in five states, including heartland regions like Iowa and Maine, many activists feel that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) representation on the Court is within their reach.

White House Formalizes Supreme Court Short List

ABC News Correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg

The White House has formalized its short list of Supreme Court contenders and asked six prospects to provide personal background information, with an intensive vetting process well underway, according to sources close to the process.

The leading contenders on the short list: federal appeals court Judges Sonia Sotomayor and Diane Wood, and Solicitor General Elena Kagan, sources close to the process say.

The White House hopes to move quickly on the nomination, with some in the administration signaling an announcement was possible within the next week or two. But a source involved in the process cautioned that the vetting for all of the candidates except Kagan (who was recently vetted as part of her nomination to be Solicitor General) could take longer.

Justice Souter to Retire From Supreme Court
from ABC News: Home Page

Justice David Souter plans to retire from a narrowly divided Supreme Court at the end of this term, ABC News has learned.

Souter’s retirement would give President Barack Obama his first opportunity to appoint a member of the Supreme Court. Obama has suggested he would be interested in adding another woman to the court, and that he may be interested in choosing someone who has not been a judge.

Souter, 69, who was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, tends to vote with the liberal-leaning wing of the nine-member Supreme Court, where 5-4 decisions on controversial topics are commonplace. A departure by Souter and replacement with a like-minded Obama appointee would be unlikely to tip the balance of the court.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to complete its term in June. Nomination and confirmation hearings could go on during the summer in preparation for the court reconvening for a new term in October.

Stephen Breyer – The Supreme Court During Wartime

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the responsibilities of the Judiciary during wartime.

This excerpt is taken from a Stanford University roundtable discussion entitled “Courting Disaster: The Fight for Oil, Water and a Healthy Planet,” featuring panelists John Abizaid, Thomas L. Friedman, Stephen Breyer, and others.

“Courting Disaster: The Fight for Oil, Water and a Healthy Planet.”

Stanford President John Hennessy, journalist Carlos Watson, and a panel of leading figures in international affairs, energy development, media, and government joined an audience of more than 5,500 people in Maples Pavilion for the second annual Roundtable at Stanford University.

The wide-ranging discussion covered issues such as America’s role in the world, the war in Iraq and unrest in the Middle East, terrorism and nuclear proliferation, the upcoming presidential election and climate change. — Stanford University

Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice, was born in San Francisco, California, August 15, 1938.

He received an A.B. from Stanford University, a B.A. from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk to Justice Arthur Goldberg of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1964 Term, as a Special Assistant to the Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Antitrust, 1965-1967, as an Assistant Special Prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, 1973, as Special Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, 1974-1975, and as Chief Counsel of the committee, 1979-1980.

He was an Assistant Professor, Professor of Law, and Lecturer at Harvard Law School, 1967-1994, a Professor at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, 1977-1980, and a Visiting Professor at the College of Law, Sydney, Australia and at the University of Rome.

From 1980-1990, he served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and as its Chief Judge, 1990-1994. He also served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, 1990-1994, and of the United States Sentencing Commission, 1985-1989.

President Clinton nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat August 3, 1994.

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